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Cynthia B. Astle

Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • Mama Riziki Lubula

    Photo by Steve Mencher. Used by Permission.

    A Spiritual Haven for African Refugees in Kansas City

    After its start at Central UMC in Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood, a closed United Methodist church in Northeast Kansas City was repurposed to be a spiritual haven for Central Africa refugees. Kuomba Pamoja Church — that's Swahili for "Worship Together" – has succeeded because a the vision of one woman, Mama Riziki Lubula, who inspired United Methodist leaders to respond, writes Steve Mencher of NPR's "Crosscurrents" program. more

  • Loads of Love Addresses Laundry Needs

    PEMBERTON, N.J. (UMNS) — Members of Pemberton United Methodist Church recognized that families often had to choose between spending $13 on laundry or buying food. The church responded with Loads of Love, a ministry distributing coins and detergent packages to those in need at the local laundromat. Kaitlynn Deal reports for the Greater New Jersey Conference. more

  • Pastor's Limo

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    Pastor's Limo Helps Groups Arrive in Style

    When they see a stretch limo cruise by, people in the know in Peculiar, Mo., are likely to think, “Probably some kids going to youth group at their church.” Peculiar UMC's pastor, Rev. James Stanfield-Myers bought a used limousine as a vehicle for his son, Whitman, when he started to drive. Things just drove on from there. he fateful day came around. more

  • No Rest for Church's 'Respite Ministry'

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UMNS) — The Respite Ministry at First United Methodist Church here was started by Daphne Johnston in 2012 to provide relief for caregivers of people with memory loss due to dementia, Parkinson’s or stroke. Now 120 volunteers provide 11,000 volunteer hours a year in the program. Mary Catherine Phillips reports for the Alabama-West Florida Conference. more

  • Roving Listeners

    South Georgia Conference Photo

    Church's 'Roving Listeners' Build Community

    Church's 'Roving Listeners' build community MACON, Ga. (UMNS) — Centenary United Methodist Church works in its Macon neighborhood to connect neighbors to one another and to promote a greater sense of community through its Roving Listener program. Kara Witherow of the South Georgia Conference writes about this group of youth and adults who hears what people want to see happen in their communities and gives them a voice. more